This is a short trek in the much less crowded and quiet Langtang Region of Nepal. Gosainkunda Lake is at an altitude of 4380 meters in the Rasuwa District. As it melts, after remaining frozen for 6 months of the year (October to March), it forms the Trishuli River. There are a total of 108 lakes in the vicinity. Lauribina La Pass (4610m) is also nearby.
Its waters are considered holy and of particular significance during the Gangadashahara and the Janai Purnima festivals when thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the area. Gosainkunda is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his Trishul (holy Trident) into a mountain to extract water so that he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison.
Langtang and in particular, Gosainkunda is located close to the Tibetan border. Sherpa Expedition and Trekking begin the trek to Gosainkunda at Dhunche Village in the Langtang Himal. On the first day, we reach the Langtang Region and take the trail that leads to Chandan Bari (3200m) and then to Laurebinayak (3700m) on day two and on following days to Sing Gompa, Lauribina (4610m), Gosainkunda, Phedi, Ghopte, Tharepati, Mangengoth, Kutumsang, Thodung and finally to our departure point Chisapani.
The journey explores the vast area between Langtang and Ganesh Himal and allows you to experience the unique culture, traditions and lifestyle of the Tamang people.
Besides Gosainkunda Lake, there are fantastic views of snow-capped mountains, glaciers and unique wildlife. The rhododendron forests, during spring, are ablaze with pink color. The trail passes through bamboo groves and alpine forests, and if luck has it you will also see the somewhat elusive red panda, or maybe the Himalayan black bear, Himalayan Tahr and rhesus monkeys. The birdlife is also abundant in this region. A reasonable level of fitness is required on this trek due to climbing at higher altitudes.
The Gosainkunda Lake -Langtang trek can be done all year – even in winter!
Sherpa Expedition and Trekking is sure you will enjoy this less traveled trek that offers quiet and unspoiled scenery and a multitude of high altitude lakes.
The following information will give you some idea about what you need to bring for the trek. It is important you do not forget the essential items, as this will determine your comfort and safety on the trek. Equally important is that you do not burden yourself with unnecessary equipment on the trek.
(Note our company guide will carry the medicines and first aid kits during the trek. However, we recommend you bring your personal first-aid kit as well)
You will be accommodated in 3-star hotels in Kathmandu. During the trek, we will be staying at lodges/ teahouses. You may find comfortable and better quality teahouses - having attached bathroom at lower levels- until you reach higher elevations, where the accommodation is more basic with bare necessities.
In Kathmandu, your hotel includes breakfast, whereas all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) will be provided during the trek. A staple food of the Langtang region is potatoes, oats, buckwheat, Sherpa stew, and Tibetan bread. Sherpa’s’ started farming potatoes when the first seeds were introduced to the region in the early 90s. There is a limited choice of food at higher elevations and except many potato dishes. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates – an excellent source of energy needed at high altitudes.
We use a private car for sightseeing and for the airport to hotel pick and drop off. We use public transportation or local buses during the trek.
This can be a challenging trek where you often have to walk 6-7 hours a day. You don’t need past experience of hiking or trekking but if you have done any kind of trekking activities then it is always a plus! We have met people from all walks of life, shapes and sizes who have completed the trek. The only difficult part is when altitude sickness strikes and the effect that it can have on your body. Before leaving for Nepal it is good if you can prepare yourself physically by increasing your stamina and oxygen intake.
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